I can\'t seem to do a print screen

How do I activate the print screen key on my key board?
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  1. Please explain the steps you've used to use the key. Are you saying that when you press it and then attempt to paste the image into Paint (or another image editing program) that nothing is on your clipboard?

    Do you have another computer or keyboard the Print Screen button works for?
  2. Hi drfkv5,

    Welcome to Microsoft Answers Forum.

    As you are using a wireless keyboard I would suggest you to check on the F LOCK (function lock) key on your keyboard. Check on the top right of your Keyboard for the F Lock Key, which may be stopping you from using the print screen key. The F LOCK key toggles the alternate function keys. An alternate function key is a key that has two possible commands depending on the F LOCK toggle key state.

    Check the below Microsoft article for details:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894513

    Also try and check if the status light on the keyboard for the F LOCK key. Refer to the below article for help on status light identification:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894037

    To add on, I would suggest you to try the snipping tool in Windows7. It can help you take the screen shots easily. You can check the snipping tool functionality with the help of these articles:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/snipping-tool

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots

    Thanks,
    Hope this helps. Let us know the results.
    Meghmala – Microsoft Support
  3. Norman Owen said:
    How do I activate the print screen key on my key board?


    1) By pressing it.
    2) RTFM of your keyboard. If it has Fn Keys and/or other combination, use that.
    3) If you still can't, take the monitor over to a copier, lay it flat on the glass and Press COPY.
  4. My keyboard actually has a function key you have to use instead of "alt." It's a Logitech wireless keyboard and the button is between the "alt" and "ctrl" keys. See if you have one.
  5. Hi Meghmala, I am running WinXP and the keys, ie.,functionLock? you recommend do not exist on my laptop keyboard. I've tried several different suggestions and Nothing happens, no Print Screen action. Ctrl+PrintScreen, Ctrl+Alt+spacebar+SysRq+PrntScrn, etc. When I go to PAINT , Edit, Paste...I get nothing. What could be the problem?
    Thanks,
    RR


    danny2000 said:
    Hi drfkv5,

    Welcome to Microsoft Answers Forum.

    As you are using a wireless keyboard I would suggest you to check on the F LOCK (function lock) key on your keyboard. Check on the top right of your Keyboard for the F Lock Key, which may be stopping you from using the print screen key. The F LOCK key toggles the alternate function keys. An alternate function key is a key that has two possible commands depending on the F LOCK toggle key state.

    Check the below Microsoft article for details:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894513

    Also try and check if the status light on the keyboard for the F LOCK key. Refer to the below article for help on status light identification:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/894037

    To add on, I would suggest you to try the snipping tool in Windows7. It can help you take the screen shots easily. You can check the snipping tool functionality with the help of these articles:

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/products/features/snipping-tool

    http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows7/Use-Snipping-Tool-to-capture-screen-shots

    Thanks,
    Hope this helps. Let us know the results.
    Meghmala – Microsoft Support
  6. THANKS! You'res was the only answer I found that mentioned the Fn key. It did the trick. Thanks to you I did not have to hoist it onto the copier, though I don't really think it would have squeezed through the rollers. ;

    tester321 said:
    Norman Owen said:
    How do I activate the print screen key on my key board?


    1) By pressing it.
    2) RTFM of your keyboard. If it has Fn Keys and/or other combination, use that.
    3) If you still can't, take the monitor over to a copier, lay it flat on the glass and Press COPY.
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